|"The Way", by Fastball|
It peaked at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart in April and remained there for seven weeks. The song also reached #1 on Canada's Singles Chart. It peaked at #21 on the UK Singles Chart, having had a fair amount of airplay from independent radio stations such as Forth One.The song was voted by VH1 as one of the 100 Greatest Songs of the 1990s, ranking at #94.
"The Way" revolves around an older married couple who decide to give it all away by packing up and going driving. Along the way, their car breaks down, so they continue on foot. As the song goes on, it becomes apparent that these two achieve happiness by losing touch with the world.
Fastball bassist Tony Scalzo came up with the idea for the song after reading journalistic articles which described the disappearance of an older married couple, Lela and Raymond Howard from Salado, Texas, who left home in June 1997 to attend the Pioneer Day festival at nearby Temple, Texas, but never arrived. They were discovered two weeks later, dead, at the bottom of a ravine near Hot Springs, Arkansas, hundreds of miles off their intended route. About the song, Scalzo said that "It's a romanticized take on what happened" - he "pictured them taking off to have fun, like they did when they first met."